The IHSS financial crisis hits the beneficiaries

An economic crisis that drags on Honduran Social Security Institute (IHSS) holds more than 142,000 members of Atlántida and Copán without care.

More than 132,000 members as of June 30 Ceiba Due to the cancellation of the contract with Okens Hospital, which provided replacement services, they remained on standby.

The reasons: a lack of payments and a contract modification that hospital center leaders had requested from the Social Security Administration because of rising costs.

After several weeks of no service Minister for Health has signed a contract with the Social Security Board to have Atlántida Hospital serve as a temporary replacement while a hospital center that can provide services is sought.

The doctors remained at the protest, as they assure that the sanatorium is collapsed in all areas.

Due to the situation, the mayor’s office will hold an open town hall meeting on November 10 to declare a health emergency in La Ceiba due to the lack of attention to beneficiaries.

“We have already been notified to ask for a state of emergency to save social security. This is for the purpose of rapprochement with the national social security authorities and the Ministry of Health. Here, all beneficiaries are invited to sign this petition and ask the authorities, because it is considered fraud, we pay without receiving the service,” said Henry Cárcamo, member of the pro-rescue social security committee in La Ceiba.

It was determined that IHSS would transfer funds to Atlántida Hospital to pay for care of beneficiaries in the event of an emergency; However, no transfer has yet taken place.

A mobile hospital will be launched in the coming months to serve members.

“We have already inspected them and were impressed by how well they are in good condition and the only thing missing are the details to make them work for patient care,” said Silvia Bardales, director of Atlántida Hospital.


The finances of the lHSS have been extremely affected by the declaration of unconstitutionality of the Framework Law on the Social Protection System, as it no longer receives millions of lempira.

Dr. Carlos Umaña, representative and member of the IHSS Doctors Association, said that the institution must look for long-term solutions in both cities, that is, in La Ceiba and Santa Rosa de Copán.

“In the two cities, they should no longer subrogate services, but have their own facilities,” which means the construction of regional hospitals. However, this option requires the passage of a temporary Social Security Act in the National Congress, which would unfreeze the funds that IHSS already has to expand physical facilities.

The board has already approved the purchase of a building in La Ceiba to serve as a hospital, but it is not immediate.


The situation in the west of the country is not favorable either.

About 10,000 IHSS members in Copán were without medical services for 28 days at the replacement clinic in Santa Rosa de Copán. In this town, the Ashonplafa clinic offers this service, but social security has stopped paying them.

Since the last day of September, they had to go to private clinics in Santa Rosa or to the IHSS hospital in San Pedro Sula in urgent cases.

“The impact on members who are workers and especially the most deprived classes is high because we can’t pay for a private clinic and that’s why we demand that IHSS solve this problem so that we can have access to health again,” said Lesly Menjívar, member of IHSS .

Alexander López, coordinator of the Vicente Fernández Mejía Polyclinic, a referral center in Santa Rosa de Copán, said that with the closure of social security, “we serve all patients with IHSS in this center. Here we provide them with disability and maternity certificates so that they can be sent and confirmed to San Pedro Sula.”

The doctor assured that with the closing of Social Security, “drugs are running out faster.”

The central health warehouse in Copán supplies medicine every three months, so if the medicine runs out, it will only be possible to supply it until the first quarter of next year.

Health officials at the polyclinic said that before the replacement service was closed, the health center treated an average of 100 patients a day, but that number has doubled since the suspension of IHSS health services in Copán.

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